Melina

I’m Melina, 27 years old. I took my first tattoo in Turkey when I was 17 so it has faded a bit already. We were having a vacation with my friend and we decided to take friendship tattoos. We went to a first shop we found and the tattoo artist drew this design for us, … Continue reading Melina

Ilona

My name is Ilona and I live in Helsinki. Originally, I came across with Humans with Tattoos blog via a friend of mine. I started going to therapy a while ago, and that way I have recently dealt with things that have happened in my life, learned to recognize the ghosts from my past and … Continue reading Ilona

Hemmo (Suomeksi/In Finnish)

Nimeni on Hemmo, ja ikää on tällä hetkellä 40 vuotta. Ensimmäisen tatuointini otin 18-vuotiaana. Eräällä psychobilly-kaverillani oli tatuointikone, joka oli tehty vanhasta partakoneesta. Kone piti meteliä ja kuumeni niin, että tatuoimisesta oli pidettävä taukoa vartin välein, ettei tatuoija polttaisi näppejään. Kun kuva oli valmis, menin näyttämään sitä isoveljelleni ja kielsin häntä hiiskumasta faijalle mitään – … Continue reading Hemmo (Suomeksi/In Finnish)

Hemmo

My name is Hemmo, and I’m currently 40 years old. I got my first tattoo when I was 18. My psychobilly friend had a tattoo machine made from an old electric shaver. The machine was noisy and heated up so much that in every 15 minutes he had to pause tattooing to prevent his hands … Continue reading Hemmo

Kuutti

I get new tattoos quite spontaneously. Usually when I come up with an idea, I either tattoo it myself within the same week or book an appointment to another tattooist. Most of my tattoos are self-made. The whole idea to my seal pup tattoos was actually a joke at first (Kuutti in English = a … Continue reading Kuutti

Hanna-Kaisa

I planned my first tattoo for three years. Even though the tattoo itself is small, it was a big thing for me to get tattooed in the first place since there weren’t any tattooed people in my family, and my friends didn’t have any tattoos either. The meaning of my first tattoo derives from my … Continue reading Hanna-Kaisa

Eve

I became interested in tattoos when I was still very young. I must’ve been 12 years old when I was browsing through a magazine called Suosikki and saw an article about the Finnish singer Ville Valo. I looked at his photos and thought “oh, his tattoos are so cool – I wish I had tattoos, … Continue reading Eve

João

My story is not exactly a happy one. At four years old, I was put in an institution. I didn’t have any contact with my father or mother, so I had a nanny who looked after me. I was a kid who did a lot of trickery. I ran away a lot and since my … Continue reading João

Hanna S.

I got my first tattoo in December 2013. I got two tattoos at the same appointment. My half-sleeve was tattooed six months later. My latest tattoo (the other half-sleeve) was tattooed in December 2018. My first tattoos are combinations of Kalevala Jewelry with some twist of my own. The other tattoo is dedicated to my … Continue reading Hanna S.

Riikka (Suomeksi/In Finnish)

Otin ensimmäisen tatuointini 18 vuotta sitten. Välillä minua huvittaa, kuinka ensimmäiset tatuointini edustavat juuri niitä teemoja, joita kaikki 2000-luvun alussa halusivat: on tribaalia, kiinalaisia merkkejä ja lohikäärmettä alaselässä. Siihen aikaan oli kuitenkin vielä juttu itsessään, että tatuointeja ylipäätään otti – niiden merkitys oli toissijaista. Tuohon aikaan naamani oli täynnä lävistyksiä ja pääni ajeltu siiliksi, ja … Continue reading Riikka (Suomeksi/In Finnish)